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12 September 2012

Stories from 12 September 2012

Belarus, Ukraine: No More Gratis UK Visas for Chernobyl Children?

According to this online petition, bringing Belarusian and Ukrainian children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to the UK for recuperative charity-sponsored visits will soon cost an additional £86 per...

Libya: Sorry Chris, Benghazi Couldn't Protect You

A small crowd of Libyans gathered in Al Shajara Square in Benghazi on September 12, to protest against the attack on the US Consulate which killed four Americans including Ambassador...

Turkmenistan: The End of One-Party Rule

[The second political party] has formally brought to end Turkmenistan’s twenty-year-old system of single party rule. The question is whether it [has] brought it to an end really, and that remains to be seen....

Jordan: ‘Day of Mourning’ as Parliament Approves Internet Restrictions

Jordanian netizens held a mock funeral outside parliament today [Sept 12, 2012] to mourn the death of the freedom of the Internet. Inside parliament, MPs approved a new press and...

Hollister Models Clown Koreans Via Twitter, Offending Asians

It is not the first time clothing brand Hollister went under fire for its racial gaffes. Recently, its male models tweeted several racial messages making fun of South Koreans, including...

Mexico Also Remembers September 11 Attacks

Eleven years have passed since the attacks on the World Trade Center in the city of New York and on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in the United States of...

Mali: Mauritanian Preachers Killed by the Army

Mauritanians woke up on September 10, 2012, to the news of the killing of 16 members of Jamaat al Daawa wal Tabligh (Society for spreading faith), a movement active in...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Paralympic Inspiration

They are all winners because they chose not to feel sorry for themselves but to embrace life despite their limitations. Abeni salutes the Paralympians.

‘Diversity Within the Unknown’, a Conservation Blog in Bolivia

Few media outlets- mainstream, alternative or citizen-lead-, pay careful attention, or devote themselves fully, to the subject of conservation in Bolivia. Diversidad entre Pendientes is a blog that offers direct...

Trinidad & Tobago: Section 34? Last Straw!

Political bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago are having a field day with the government's latest missteps - from a failed motion to remove the Minister of National Security from his...

Trinidad & Tobago: Internet Governance Issues

ICT Pulse lays out a few key points about Internet governance and explains why you should care; a follow-up post identifies three emerging trends in Caribbean Internet governance policy.

Peace Corps Volunteers are Leaving Turkmenistan

It has been announced that the Peace Corps - a U.S. government-run volunteer program - will close its programs in Turkmenistan and leave the country by the end of 2012....

Ecuador: Orlando Ibarra Escapes After Two Years of Captivity

Orlando Ibarra, a 39 year old Ecuadorian businessman, was reunited with his loved ones on Monday, September 10 in a military base in Quito, Ecuador, after 766 days in captivity...

Trinidad & Tobago: iPads for Parliament?

If this Government…want[s] to appear to be the pillar of honesty they must go out for an open public tender for tablets…and not simply go out to tender for the...

Jamaica: Coral Crisis

The latest diagnosis on Caribbean coral reefs is dire. Labrish Jamaica thinks immediate action should be taken.

Chile: 1973 Coup d'etat in 140 Characters

How would netizens have followed the coup d'etat of September 11, 1973 in Chile if Twitter had existed?

Cuba: For a Census in Which All Unions Count

As the National Census of People and Households approaches, activism on blogs and social networks has intensified after a supposed change in the instruction manual came to light: it appears...

Myanmar: Anti-Mining Women Protesters Detained

Brazil: Threat to the Autonomy of Indigenous Lands

The issuance in mid-July of a governmental measure, Decree 303, that restricts the autonomy of indigenous lands in Brazil has been strongly criticized by many social movements, both in Brazil...

Hong Kong: Anti-National Education Protest, 360 Degree Scene

John Choy posted a 360 degree panoramic view of the anti-national education protest on September 8, 2012 outside the government building.

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